- “The Crown” season five introduces veteran actor Imelda Staunton as the new Queen Elizabeth II.
- Staunton’s husband, “Downton Abbey” actor Jim Carter, spoke to Insider about her new role.
- Carter said his wife hasn’t behaved differently at home since playing the late royal.
Veteran actor Imelda Staunton may be playing the ultimate royal, Queen Elizabeth II, in season five of “The Crown,” but that doesn’t mean she expects the royal treatment at home, according to her husband and “Downton Abbey” actor Jim Carter.
Staunton has been married to the beloved Mr. Carson actor for 39 years, and the real-life couple has appeared together on screen numerous times, including “Cranford” and the two “Downton” movies.
Staunton joined her husband in the “Downton” franchise in the first movie in 2019, playing Lady Maud Bagshaw, a cousin of the Crawley family, and rejoined the cast for this year’s “Downton Abbey: A New Era.”
But it’s Staunton’s next role that is perhaps her biggest yet, as she takes over playing the Queen in “The Crown” from Olivia Colman and Claire Foy.
Season five of the hit Netflix drama premieres Wednesday and production on the sixth and final season is already underway.
Earlier this year, Carter told Insider that despite immersing herself in the royal role of Queen Elizabeth, Staunton has not brought work home with her by making demands or bossing him around.
“Imelda is from Irish peasant stock, so it’s a purely acting job for her. She doesn’t bring any regal airs and graces, nor do I bring any talent as a servant into the domestic home,” said Carter, referring to his own role as “Downton” head butler, Mr. Carson.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Staunton, 66, reflected on the Queen’s death this past September, saying it hit her harder than expected.
The Oscar-nominated actor said of learning of the Queen’s passing while on set: “Everyone was extremely sad and I know I was very inconsolable that evening.”
“My reaction surprised me,” Staunton continued. “Of course, I would feel something. But having lived with her very closely for two years, it felt strange.”
“The Crown” season five launches on Netflix Wednesday.